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There's always a good amount of hip hop shows happening in and around NYC, but we don't get a chance to post about all of it. Here's a roundup of some cool stuff coming up that we haven't talked about yet, new music, and more:
Hot 97 is throwing a holiday show at Newark's Prudential Center on December 5 that's pretty stacked with both the old and the new: Busta Rhymes, Mary J. Blige, Puff Daddy, Lil Wayne, French Montana, Sean Paul, Jeremih and Fetty Wap. Tickets are available.
Speaking of, Puff Daddy is planning a sequel to his hits-filled 1997 debut No Way Out (called No Way Out 2), but in the meantime he just released the MMM mixtape ("Money Making Mitch") which features Jadakiss, Styles P, Pusha T, Lil Kim, Lil Wayne, Big Sean, Travi$ Scott, Ty Dolla $ign and more; and co-production from Young Chop, Mike Will Made It, Hit-Boy, Harry Fraud and more. You can stream the whole thing below.
For another stacked Newark show: the recurring 'Masters of Ceremony' concert, that brings a number of influential old school heads together, happens again on November 27 at NJPAC with KRS-One, The LOX, Ja Rule, Rakim, Mad Lion, Lords of the Underground and Black Moon. Tickets are available.
You can catch the legendary Rakim much sooner than that though. He plays TONIGHT (11/11) at SOB's in Manhattan in with Ceez, JSwiss and Lyricks. Tickets for tonight's show are available.
For more old school rap in NYC tonight, GZA, Afrika Bambaataa, Doug E. Fresh, Rhymefest, Ma Dukes and more are being honored at the Hip-Hop Education Center's first annual Extra Credit Awards at NYU's Kimmel Center from 6 to 9 PM.
Coincidentally (?) the same night as the 'Masters of Ceremony' show, Ja Rule's collaborator Ashanti plays a NYC show at BB King's (11/27). Tickets are available.
Another guy who was shaping the sound of mainstream hip hop around the same time as Puff Daddy, Timbaland, has a new memoir called The Emperor of Sound coming out November 17. The next day, he'll come to NYC for an interview/book launch at Highline Ballroom (11/18) (tickets).
Timbaland's also been putting out some new songs lately. He recently dropped "Them Jeans" featuring Migos and "UFO" featuring Future and Tink. Listen to both below. He's also teasing a new track with Pusha T.
Speaking of rap books, DJ Ross One just released Rap Tees: A Collection of Hip-Hop T-Shirts 1980-1999. The description reads:
Beginning with the earliest rap concert shirts from the Sugar Hill Gang and New York Fresh Fest, circa 1980-84, and spanning the next two decades, Rap Tees includes rare shirts from a wide selection of the who's-who of the business including: Public Enemy, Boogie Down Productions, Beastie Boys, Eric B and Rakim, Wu Tang Clan, Jay Z, Nas, EMPD, and many, many more. Rap Tees bookends the golden age of rap with unique street-corner memorial shirts commemorating the deaths of The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur.There's a sample of three of the shirts above, via MIke Nouveau's Instagram.
That Timbaland/Tink collab isn't the only new Future song. He just put one out called "Last Breath," produced by Metro Boomin and Ludwig Goransson, that will appear on the soundtrack to the upcoming Rocky spinoff Creed. Listen below.
The busiest band in rap, The Roots, can always be found as Fallon's house band and you can always catch Questlove's mostly-weekly DJ night at Brooklyn Bowl, and they'll play a Long Island show the Saturday after Christmas at The Paramount (12/26). Tickets are available.
Roots member Black Thought is on the brand new Freddie GIbbs song, "Extradite." That's one of two songs that Gibbs put out today, the other being "Packages," and both will appear on his Shadow of a Doubt mixtape due 11/20 via ESGN. Listen below.
A few other upcoming NYC shows: Key! plays SOB's on November 17 (tickets).
We're not crazy about G-Eazy, but we do want to let you know that A$AP Ferg is opening his Terminal 5 show on January 24. Tickets are on AmEx presale now, general on-sale starts Friday (11/13) at noon.
Oxymorrons play the Marlin Room at Webster Hall on 11/18 with Turquoise Jeep, Pants Velour and Kosha Dillz; and Knitting Factory on 12/9 (tickets).
And a few more new songs: Ty Dolla $ign released "LA" (featuring Kendrick Lamar, Brandy & James Fauntleroy) off his new album Free TC, due out next week. Lil Durk & DeJ Loaf released "My Beyonce"; Atmosphere, Aesop Rock and Blueprint teamed up for "This Lonely Rose"; and Erykah Badu (who plays Brooklyn in December) released "Phone Down" off her upcoming But You Caint Use My Phone mixtape. Listen to all of those below.
Other previously-discussed shows coming up in and around NYC: Lupe Fiasco, Azealia Banks (NYC is her only not-cancelled tour date), Jay Rock, Joey Bada$$, the A Tribe Called Quest reissue party, Action Bronson, Angel Haze, Vince Staples, Kevin Gates, and more.
by Andrew Sacher
Brooklyn staple Joell Ortiz returned last week with the new album Human, a collaborative project with producer Illmind (whose last collab LP was 2010's Live from the Tape Deck with Skyzoo). Not unlike when Joell's Slaughterhouse groupmate Royce da 5'9" did a full album with one great producer (DJ Premier) last year as PRhyme, Human is a cohesive work and both Joell and Illmind bring their A-game. Guests don't show up until track 8 of 11, when Emilio Rojas, Bodega Bamz and Chris Rivers go back and forth on "Latino, Pt. 2" (which there's a video of, below). After that the only other appearances come from Father Dude and Jared Evan. If you haven't heard the album yet, stream it below via Spotify.
Joell and Illmind are celebrating the album in Brooklyn TONIGHT (7/23) at The Wick. Album guest Emilio Rojas is on the bill too, plus Billionaire Buck and Sons of 84. Tickets are available.
The next night, Friday (7/24), Joell will team up with the rest of Slaughterhouse for a Rough Trade show, which celebrates the new boxing movie Southpaw. The soundtrack, executive produced by Eminem, features the new Slaughterhouse song "R.N.S." which you can stream below. PRhyme, Bad Meets Evil, 50 Cent, Action Bronson & Joey Bada$$ and more are on it too. You have to purchase it from the Rough Trade store on Friday to get a wristband for the show.
The film got its NYC premiere earlier this week at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square on Broadway. Southpaw stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams showed up, as did Eminem, 50 Cent and more. It opens in theaters Friday.
The Independent calls it "absurd and unoriginal but rousingly entertaining." You can watch the trailer, with the new Slaughterhouse song and the Human stream, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
The Underachievers in Central Park - 7/7/15
The Underachievers helped Joey Bada$$ celebrate Steez Day yesterday (7/7) with a show in Central Park and an afterparty at Highline Ballroom. Pictures from their set at the Central Park show are in this post, and pictures of the other acts on that bill are coming soon.
The duo have now announced that their sophomore album, Evermore - The Art of Duality, will come out this fall via RPM MSC and that first single "Take Your Place" is due out Friday (7/10). They also announced a headlining fall tour with support from Pouya & The Buffet Boys, Kirk Knight and Bodega Bamz.
The tour includes a show in their hometown of NYC on October 24 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show will be on sale soon.
All dates are listed, with the tour flyer and more pictures from Central Park, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Veteran hip hop producer Statik Selektah is following last year's What Goes Around with another solo album, Lucky 7, on Tuesday (7/7) via Showoff/Duck Down. Like its predecessor, it's insanely stacked with impressive guests. Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, Ab-Soul, Big K.R.I.T., Talib Kweli, Sean Price, Smif N Wessun, Skyzoo, Bodega Bamz, Rapsody, A$AP Twelvyy, Royce Da 5'9", comedian Hannibal Buress and more show up on this thing. Check out three unsurprisingly-fire singles -- "All You Need" (ft. Action Bronson, Ab-Soul, Elle Varner), "Beautiful Life" (ft. Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$) and "Top Tier" (ft. Sean Price, Bun B, Styles P) -- below.
Statik Selektah is celebrating the album in NYC the day before it comes out at Santos Party House (7/6), and he's promising that guests from the album will show up. Maybe it's a stretch to assume that say, Ab-Soul or Big K.R.I.T. will be in town, but it doesn't seem crazy to expect Bronson, Joey, Talib or any of the other locals. Tickets are on sale now.
Joey Bada$$ & Pro Era are doing their big Steez Day show on Tuesday (7/7) at Central Park SummerStage with Flatbush Zombies, The Underachievers, Phony Ppl, Smoke DZA and more, plus Statik Selektah on DJ duties. After that, Pro Era, Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers head to Highline Ballroom for a late-night show (11:15 PM doors). Central Park is sold out but tickets for Highline are still available.
Statik Selektah song streams and tracklist below...
by Andrew Sacher
Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky recently put out At.Long.Last.A$AP, which still sounds like a million dollars went into it, but moves from the pop rap-leanings of his last album into more psychedelic territory. He recently gave NYC a tiny, surprise hometown show at Union Pool, and now he's got one coming up that will be a little easier to get into: Best Buy Theater on July 23.
It's Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg's fourth annual PeterPalooza, and also includes Vic Mensa, Bodega Bamz and Remy Banks. Tickets are on sale now.
Rocky has other dates coming up too. All are listed, with the video for A.L.L.A highlight "L$D," below...
The annual Latin Alternative Music Conference is returning to various NYC venues from July 8-12. Many shows are free but registration is open that gets you into the non-free shows. The full schedule is below.
Performances of note over the course of the conference include a couple of free shows that coincide with the Central Park Summerstage series. On July 9, Beatnuts, Ana Tijoux, Bodega Bamz and DJ Tony Touch will take the stage, followed by Babasonicos, Juana Molina and La Santa Cecilia on July 12 in the same place. Juana Molina will also be performing and speaking at The Greene Space on July 11 (not part of LAMC). Tickets for that show are on sale now and include one beer.
Also on the 11th, AJ Davila will play a LAMC show at Gramercy Theater with Los MacUanos, Diana Fuentes, Esteman and The Wookies (tickets). This will follow an acoustic showcase earlier in the day at SOB's which will feature many of the above acts like Davila, Ana Tijoux, Esteman and more (tickets).
Check out the full schedule below for lots more shows and events.
A$AP Ferg at Knockdown Center in May (more by Gretchen Robinette)
A$AP Ferg has a few dates coming up, including Bonnaroo, NXNE, Capitol Hill Block Party, the New Orleans stop of Mad Decent Block Party, and a just-announced FREE NYC show happening on June 27 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with an amazing lineup (especially for this small of a room) of locals, including Flatbush Zombies and Bodega Bamz, plus Po Johnson and DJ Zeke Thomas. The show is a "Know Your Status Stage" show presented by Lifebeat, and though it's free, the only way to get in is...
Attendees can only obtain tickets through the "Get Tested, Get In!" campaign, which will run from June 2nd through June 22nd. People who get tested for HIV between those dates at select partner testing sites, such as the Out of the Closet Thrift Store at 475 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, NY, will be rewarded with a free concert experience. Once tested, partner sites will hand out a personalized and non-transferable voucher to gain entry to the concert. Tickets are limited due to venue capacity. Testing is easy, using the new finger prick INSTI™ test - it takes less than 60 seconds to obtain results. The list of partner testing sites can be found at www.Lifebeat.org.The testing sites (and details about when the campaign is open at each one) are as follows:
*June 2nd - June 22nd - Out of the Closet - 475 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217 - Hours: M-F 10-6pm, Sat 10-5pmIt's the only upcoming date at the moment for Flatbush Zombies and Bodega Bamz. All upcoming A$AP Ferg dates are listed, with a couple videos, below...
*June 4th - LaGuardia College (AHF Mobile Unit) - 31-10 Thomson Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101 - Hours 3pm-6pm
*June 11th - Boxers Hell's Kitchen (AHF Mobile Unit) - 37 W 20th St, New York, NY - Hours 3pm-12am
*June 17th - Kellogg's Dinner (AHF Mobile Unit) - 514 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211 - Hours 3pm-12am
*June 21st - East Harlem Asthma Center of Excellence (AHF Mobile Unit) -161-169 East 110th Street b/w Lexington Ave and 3rd Avenue - 12pm-4pm
*Union Square - TBD
photos by Dylan Johnson
Danny Brown @ MHOW - 4/8/14
That Old Danny Brown brought his current tour to NYC for two sold-out shows this week with his "Kush Coma" collaborator Zeeloperz and A$AP Mob associate Bodega Bamz at Bowery Ballroom on Sunday (4/6) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tuesday (4/8). We caught the MHOW show, and didn't get the full setlist for that one but they've been pretty similar the whole tour (you can check out the Boston one below), and have included a lot of Old, and his, uh... old stuff too. Pictures of the MHOW show are in this post.
They continue, with the Boston setlist and a video from the Bowery show, below...
As promised, the official Game of Thrones hip-hop mixtape, Catch the Throne, was released this morning. Featuring such rappers as Big Boi, Bodega Bamz, Common, and Wale, the tracks were made from samples from the insanely popular HBO fantasy series. You can stream it below.
by Bill Pearis
HBO's fantasy megahit Game of Thrones will return for Season 4 on Sunday, April 6 and hype is ramping up...and expanding into new areas. On Friday (3/7) they're releasing an ice-and-fire-themed mixtape titled Catch the Throne, featuring Big Boi, Common, Wale, Bodega Bamz, and more. The mixtape features beats made out of music from the show, plus dialogue samples. Says Common in a promo video, "Game of Thrones centers around battles for power, and rap is definitely a battle for power." You can get a preview of the mixtape via that promo video below.
While the nature of the series doesn't allow for as much modern pop to be used in it as, say, True Detective, Game of Thrones does still work it in where applicable. Songs exist within the world of George RR Martin's novels that the show is based on, and The National and The Hold Steady have recorded versions of Westeros' two biggest hits, "The Rains of Castamere" and "The Bear and the Maiden Fair," respectively. And there have been cameos: Will Champion of Coldplay was in the "Red Wedding" band, and Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody was in S3 as well. Sigur Ros' Jónsi, Georg Hólm, and Orri Páll Dýrason will all cameo in S4.
Meanwhile, the new trailer for Season 4 (which is based on the second half of Martin's action-packed A Storm of Swords) uses The Everlove's cover of Siouxsie & the Banshees' "Cities and Dust" and you can watch that below as well...
Chicago rapper Tree recently put out The @MCTreeG EP. In addition to answering the question "wait, but what's his Twitter handle?" we said the EP "opens with Tree's raspy voice over the seemingly slow-moving 'Probably Nu It,' which gets to grooving as the hi-hats slide in. That track precedes the booming 'Like Whoa,' soul-sampling 'Soultrappin / I Believe,' and the somber 'Stay Away.'" If you haven't heard it yet, you can stream The @MCTreeG EP below.
Tree will be returning to NYC for what appears to be a one-off happening TONIGHT (2/12) at Knitting Factory with excellent local rapper Bodega Bamz. That show is presented by Scion and it's FREE but you do have to enter Scion's contest for a chance to gain entry. The contest is open until 8 PM tonight.
Show flyer, EP stream and a video below...
by Andrew Sacher
Curren$y at SXSW 2012 (more by Ryan Muir)
New Orleans rapper Curren$y always seems to be up to something. He released a live EP with Wiz Khalifa earlier this year, and more recently released a free EP with Smoke DZA (prod. Harry Fraud) that features Big K.R.I.T. and French Montana on one track, and can be streamed below. He's also been talking about teaming back up with Ski Beatz for Pilot Talk III.
Curren$y just kicked off a short December tour in Austin last night (12/11), which hits Dallas for a Red Bull Sound Select show tonight (12/12), and comes to NYC for a show on December 21 at BB King's, where also played in May. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Speaking of Smoke DZA, he also has an upcoming show in his hometown of NYC happening on December 18 at SOB's for the Hot 97 holiday party with A$AP associate Bodega Bamz, thrilling Brooklyn rhymer Troy Ave, and more. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All Curren$y dates are listed, along with that EP stream, below...
A$AP Ferg at Irving Plaza in May (more by Samantha Marble)
A$AP Ferg became the second A$AP Mob member to release a well-received album this year with Trap Lord, which dropped back in August. He's since announced an extensive tour to support the album with Joey Fatts, Aston Matthews, Overdoz, and 100s. The tour includes a NYC show happening on December 6 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed, along with the tour flyer, below.
In addition to the usual suspect guests on Trap Lord, like A$AP Rocky and Schoolboy Q, the young rapper was also graced with an appearance by some veterans, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. Bone Thugs just announced that they'll play NYC on October 27 at BB King's. Tickets for that show go on sale Tuesday (10/1) at noon.
Meanwhile, A$AP Mob's "Bath Salt" collaborators Flatbush Zombies and another A$AP collaborator Bodega Bamz are teaming up for a tour this year. That tour includes a NYC show happening on December 3 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/4) at 10 AM with Live Nation/Music Geeks presales starting Thursday (10/3) at 10 AM (password for the Music Geeks presale is "musicgeeks"). All dates on their tour are listed below too.
Flatbush Zombies just released a new mixtape earlier this month titled Better Off Dead, which features guest spots from Danny Brown (whose new album is streaming) and Action Bronson. That mixtape can be streamed below and downloaded (legally) at MediaFire.
A number of other hip hop shows, including Schoolboy Q, Talib Kweli, Black Moon and more, were recently announced too.
All lists of dates, song streams, and flyer, below...
Danny Brown at Afro-Punk Fest 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As discussed, after Fool's Gold Day Off 2013 goes down on Labor Day (9/2) at Williamsburg Park with Danny Brown, Run the Jewels, A$AP Ferg, Migos, World's Fair and more, Brooklyn Bowl will host the afterparty, Fool's Gold Night Off, at 11 PM (10:30 doors). Since we last spoke, the lineup for the afterparty has been announced. It will be hosted by Bodega Bamz and there will be DJ sets from Sammy Bananas, High Klassified, Roofeeo, and Illuminati Ams. Tickets for the afterparty are still available.
The main show (which runs from 2PM-10PM) is free but RSVP is required. That recently filled up, but Fool's Gold has since reopened the RSVP. (Even after RSVPing, entry is still first come, first served.)
Flyer for the afterparty and the main show, below...
A$AP Rocky & Joey Bada$$ in Austin in July (more by Tim Griffin)
As mentioned a few times, Rock the Bells is returning to a few cities this year, including East Rutherford, NJ's Meadlowlands Racetrack from October 4-5. The two-day hip hop festival has just announced its final additions, including A$AP Rocky (and his A$AP Mob), Joey Bada$$ (and Pro Era), Trinidad Jame$, Logic, Stalley, Young Dirty Bastard, and Odd Future's The Internet.
They join previously announced names like Wu-Tang Clan, Black Hippy (Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock), J. Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Juicy J, Tyler the Creator, Danny Brown, Rakim, Action Bronson, Flatbush Zombies, Pusha T, Earl Sweatshirt, Big Sean and more.
A$AP Rocky, Joey Bada$$, and Trinidad Jame$ just swung through the NYC-area when their tour with Wiz Khalifa hit PNC Bank Arts Center on 8/2 and Jones Beach last night (8/6).
Danny Brown and Action Bronson just announced a tour leading up to their Rock the Bells NJ appearances.
We also just mentioned that The Internet play NYC this month.
Full Rock the Bells NJ lineups, day-by-day, are listed below...
Big Sean at Rock the Bells 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Hip Hop festival Rock the Bells, which hits a few cities this year, has expanded its lineup once again. The NYC-area stop, which happens in East Rutherford, NJ at the Meadowlands Racetrack from October 4-5 will now also include Big Sean and Chief Keef. Other stops on the tour now include A-Trak (LA, DC) and Iamsu (LA, San Francisco).
They join previously announced names like Wu-Tang Clan, Black Hippy (Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock), J. Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Juicy J, Tyler the Creator, Danny Brown, Rakim, Action Bronson, Flatbush Zombies, Pusha T, Earl Sweatshirt, and more. 2-day passes for the festival are still available.
Updated NJ lineup below...
As mentioned, hip hop festival Rock the Bells is returning in 2013 to a few different cities including East Rutherford, NJ at the Meadowlands Racetrack from October 4-5. In addition to previously announced names like Black Hippy (aka Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock), Common, Juicy J, Danny Brown, Tyler the Creator, Wu-Tang Clan, Bone Thuz N Harmony, Earl Sweatshirt, Pusha T, Big K.R.I.T., Flatbush Zombies and more, the lineup has been expanded to include even more.
Joining the artists mentioned above will be the reunited Deltron 3030 (though they only play the LA and San Francisco stops), Big Daddy Kane, Action Bronson, J. Cole, Rapsody & 9th Wonder, Freddie Gibbs, Freeway, KRS-One, RIff Raff, Slick Rick & Doug E. Fresh, Sean P, Smoke DZA, Wale, YG, and weirdly enough, Girl Talk and Pretty Lights. 2-day passes for the festival are still available.
Updated lineup below...
Schoolboy Q at Best Buy Theater - 5/21/13 (via Kellen Dengler)
Thanks to TDE's recent success, Q found himself as the most established performer at the Freshman show. With no one to accompany him on stage, he fared better in the larger crowd as a solo artist, breezing through tracks from Habits & Contradictions and throwback collaborations with A$AP Rocky. At one point, he asked Kendrick Lamar to join him but laughed at the audience members who fell for his joke. Fittingly, he won the crowd back with his charisma by asking them the title of his upcoming album. "Oxymoron!" they screamed back. And this was done four times over. [XXL]The 2013 XXL Freshman Class, including Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, Angel Haze, and more, all came to NYC for a show at Best Buy Theater last night (5/21). You can check out a video of Schoolboy Q playing "My Hatin' Joint" at the show, below.
As mentioned in yesterday's What's Going On? post, Action Bronson made a video for his Harry Fraud-produced song, "Strictly 4 My Jeeps." If you missed it, you can watch that video below. Riff Raff stars in the video, and as discussed, he plays a Scion A/V show in Brooklyn at Coco 66 tonight (5/22) with Stalley and Smoke DZA. Entrance to that show had to be gained through Scion's contest which has since ended.
Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul are both members of the group Black Hippy (which also includes Kendrick Lamar and Jay Rock), and that whole group is playing the traveling Rock the Bells Festival which hits the NYC-area on October 4-5 at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, NJ. Tickets for that festival are on sale now. The rest of the lineup includes Big K.R.I.T., Common, Danny Brown, Earl Sweatshirt, Tyler the Creator, Jhene Aiko, Juicy J, Rakim, Wu-Tang Clan, and many more.
Updated Rock the Bells lineup and videos below...
Happy 10th anniversary to Rock the Bells, who have announced their initial, rotating 2013 lineup featuring hosts Peter Rosenberg & MURS 3:16, as well as names like Bone Thugs N Harmony, Danny Brown, Black Hippy (who just played NYC), Common, E40 & Too Short, Earl Sweatshirt (ditto), Flatbush Zombies, Juicy J (who played a Fader show on Monday and Irving Plaza last night), Rakim, Wu-Tang Clan (who play Summer Jam soon), Tyler the Creator (who just announced an NYC show as part of Odd Future), Eazy E, Ol Dirty Bastard and more. Confused? Yes, I did just say Eazy E and Ol Dirty Bastard, both of which will be "virtual performances" as part of the travelling festival. AllHipHop reports:
Ol Dirty Bastard and Eazy-E's spirits will return to the stage at Rock The Bells this year, AllHipHop has learned.So far only four dates exist for Rock the Bells. They're all listed below. Two of them are on the East Coast and one is in the NYC area at Meadowlands Racetrack in Rutherford, NJ on October 4-5. Tickets go on presale Thursday (10/16) at noon, and regular sale on Saturday.
The pair of Hip-Hop legends will have holograms performing this year at the 10-year anniversary of the rap festival.
Eazy-E will perform virtually with Bone Thugs-In-Harmony and ODB will rock with Wu Tang. Organizers said Eazy never blessed the Rock The Bells stage and ODB only did once.
Also, the "holograms" are approved by Eazy-E's wife Tomica Wright and Ol Dirty's mother, Cherry Jones.
Tupac's Coachella appearance inspired the new virtual performances at Rock The Bells, organizers admitted.
Initial lineup (at least 15 more artists TBA), dates and some video below.
A$AP Ferg at Brooklyn Bowlin 2012 (more by Brook Bobbins)
Hot 97 Summer Jam is returning to MetLife Stadium on June 2, and as usual, there will be a show in the parking lot (Festival Village) with smaller rappers. The lineup for the main show hasn't been announced yet (though hopefully it will have a headliner who doesn't cancel day of the show) but the Festival Village lineup has been announced, and it includes Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, A$AP Ferg, Vinny Cha$e, Smoke DZA, Bodega Bamz, Troy Ave, Kid Ink, and Radamiz. The only way into that show is with a Summer Jam ticket, and those go on sale Friday (4/12) at 10 AM.
Action Bronson (who plays Coachella this weekend) and Joey Bada$$ also play the XXL Freshmen show at Best Buy Theater on May 21 with Schoolboy Q, Trinidad Jame$, Ab-Soul, Logic, Kirko Bangz, Travi$ Scott, Dizzy Wright, and Angel Haze. Tickets for that show are still available.
Joey Bada$$ is currently on tour with Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers. That tour hits NYC on April 18 at Highline Ballroom and April 20 at Gramercy Theater, and both are sold out. He also plays the Roots Picnic in Philly the day before Summer Jam with Grimes, Solange, Araabmuzik, Hit-Boy, How to Dress Well, and more. Tickets for that are still available.
All Joey Bada$$ and Action Bronson dates are listed, along with some videos, below...
photos by Dylan Johnson
NYC rapper A$AP Rocky played his first hometown show since the release of Long.Live.A$AP at Public Assembly last Wednesday (2/20), a far more intimate show than the ones he'll be playing soon when he leaves for his tour with Rihanna. Rocky brought his usual craziness with a packed stage of A$AP Mob members and a packed crowd of fans rapping along. The show was opened by fellow Mob member A$AP Ferg, and other A$APs made appearances throughout the night too.
Bodega Bamz and 4th Pyramid were on the bill too, and as mentioned, you can catch Bodega Bamz and A$AP Twelvy in NYC again when they play Santos (3/6). Tickets for that show are still available. More pictures and a video from the Public Assembly show, below...
by Andrew Sacher
A$AP Rocky at FFF Fest 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
A$AP Rocky is teaming up with fellow A$AP Mob member, A$AP Ferg, in addition to Bodega Bamz, 4th Pyramid, and DJ Getlive! for a Scion A/V-presented NYC show on February 20 at Public Assembly. The only way to get in is to enter Scion's contest via Twitter or Instagram. Instructions on how to do so are below and more info is HERE.
Though entering the contest obviously won't guarantee admission and Rocky plays NYC a lot, the show is pretty exciting in that it's an intimate one for him before heading out on tour with Rihanna, and it's his first NYC show since the release of his new album, Long. Live. A$AP. As someone who's been a pretty big naysayer of A$AP Rocky's previous work (sorry, "Purple Swag"), the new album finally won me over as a fan. He raps more confidently than in the past, the songs are catchier, and production from Hit-Boy, 40, T-Minus, Clams Casino, Danger Mouse... and Skrillex (because, why not?) doesn't hurt. Neither do guests verses from everyone. If you haven't heard it yet, you can stream the album below.
Another A$AP Mob member, A$AP Twelvy is also teaming up with Bodega Bamz for their own show on March 6 at Santos Party House. Tickets for that one are on sale now.
An updated list of dates , that album stream, and contest details for the Scion A/V show below...
by Andrew Sacher
Flatbush Zombies at Fool's Gold 5th Anniversary (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Brooklyn rap crew Flatbush Zombies recently teamed up with Spanish Harlem rapper Bodega BAMZ for "Thrilla," the first track that BAMZ ever made a video for, which you can watch below. It's a pretty wild clip, directed by Rik Cordero (The Roots, Jay-Z, Nas, Action Bronson, and more), which features people in Scream masks, toilet paper mummies, and a clip from Frankenstein.
The Zombies and BAMZ will likely be joining each other on stage to perform that track when they team up for a NYC on December 20 at SOB's. That show is hosted by Peter Rosenberg and will have Shani Kulture Music by DJ Juanyto. Tickets for that show are on sale now. It's the only announced date for either artist at the moment.
Video is below.
by Andrew Sacher
Main Attrakionz at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Earlier this month, we mentioned that iPhone/Android app Mobli was throwing a CMJ party with Heems, Sasha Go Hard, Kitty Pryde, Weekend Money, SAFE, The Underachievers, and Party Supplies. That party was supposed to happen today at Delinquency but that venue has since been shut down so the whole lineup (minus The Underachievers and Party Supplies) is merging with the Young One Records showcase, which happens tonight (10/17) at 285 Kent. That showcase, in addition to including the names mentioned above, will have Main Attrakionz, Kool AD, Deniro Farrar, Supreme Cuts, Cities Aviv, Bryant Dope, Ryan Hemsworth, and CBG. SAFE and Ryan Hemsworth are DJing between sets, the rest of the acts are playing live. The show flier and set times are below.
That 285 Kent show is a pretty stacked bill for hip hop, and if you're into stacked hip hop shows like that one, you'll also probably want to check out the Mass Appeal party at Gramercy on Friday (10/19) with Asher Roth, Prodigy (of Mobb Deep), The Alchemist, Large Professor, Mr. Muthafuckin' exquire, Roc Marciano, Boldy James, Ninja Sonik, Bodega Bamz, Alexander Spit, Angel Haze and Timeless Youth. That one's free with RSVP to RSVP@massappeal.com but entry is based on capacity. The flier for this show is below.
As mentioned, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire also plays SOB's on Thursday (10/18) and an MTV Studio at Webster Hall the same day. That studio show is with Big K.R.I.T. and LE1F, and when we first mentioned it, a "special guest" was billed who has since been revealed as Killer Mike. Tickets for that one are still available.
That MTV show is an early show (5:30 doors) and after that there's a late show with Chuck Inglish (of The Cool Kids), Ninjasonik, ASAP TyY, Blvckalfred, Vault Boys, MopTop, Chase N Cashe, GDP, Vyle, and Curtains. Tickets for that one are still available.
Cities Aviv, in addition to the Young One show, has other CMJ shows, including the Flowerbooking CMJ showcase at Knitting Factory on Friday (10/19) with Unicorn Kid, Ki:Theory, Devin, Ghost Wave, and Talk Normal (tickets) and the Bond Music Group/PopGun show at Cameo Gallery on Friday (10/19) (late show) with Steven A. Clark, Lushlife, Dark Sister, and Pegasus Warning (tickets).
He also plays the free BrooklynVegan day party at Public Assembly on Saturday (10/20) with The Orwells, Eternal Summers, and the rest of the lineup coming soon!
While we're talking about good hip hop shows during CMJ, don't forget the Converse Rubber Tracks/Fool's Gold 5th anniversary show at Music Hall of WIlliamsburg on Saturday (10/20) with Ghostface Killah, A-Trak, Flosstradamus, Donnis, Nick Catchdubs, World's Fair, Troy Ave, and special guests. That one's totally free, first come, first served.
Showcase flier and set times for the Young One/Mobli show are below.
Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire
Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire is set to release the Power & Passion EP on November 6 via his new home at Universal Republic Records. That EP includes lead single, "Telephuck," which features El-P (who eXquire recently toured with) on the beat and Gucci Mane with a guest verse. You can stream that track below. The EP also features production by SpaceGhostPurrp, Harry Fraud, and others.
Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire will be playing some local shows during CMJ including the previously discussed Leaders of the New Cool CMJ party at SOB's on October 18 with Casey Veggies and others (tickets). That same day (10/18), he'll play an MTV-presented show at The Studio at Webster Hall with Big K.R.I.T., LE1F, and special guests. And on October 20, he'll play the Tumblr CMJ showcase at Knitting Factory with Doldrums, Troy Ave, Prince Rama, and The So So Glos. Tickets for the Studio show and the Knitting Factory show are on sale now.
eXquire also plays a free Mass Appeal party at Gramercy Theater on October 19 with The Alchemist, Prodigy, Roc Marciano, Ninjasonik, Bodega Bamz, Angel Haze, and more. You can get in with your CMJ badge or if you don't have one, just RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. The flier for this show is below.
As mentioned, Big K.R.I.T. also plays the Cinematic Music Group, Ecko Unltd & XXL Mag showcase at SOB's (10/18), the night of the Studio show, with Joey Bada$$ & Pro Era, Smoke DZA, Fat Trel, and others. K.R.I.T. also produced and is featured on the new Big SANT song, "Say That Shit," which you can stream below.
All lists of dates and song streams are below.